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US News United States: North Korean hackers indicted

04:50  18 february  2021
04:50  18 february  2021 Source:   lepoint.fr

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Corée du Nord, Etats-Unis, pirate informatique © Supplied by Le Point North Korea, United States, hacker

J on Chang Hyok, 31, Kim Il, 27 and Park Jin Hyok, 36-year-olds were indicted Wednesday by US authorities announced Wednesday. These three North Korean nationals are accused of having carried out a series of hacks to the detriment of companies and financial institutions, in particular targeting the cryptocurrency sector, in an attempt to steal around $ 1.3 billion in all.

"These North Korean agents, using computer keyboards rather than weapons, stealing computer wallets filled with cryptocurrency rather than bags filled with cash, are the number one bank robbers in the world" , commented Federal Attorney John Demers. According to the indictment filed in a Los Angeles court, the three suspects are part of a North Korean military intelligence agency known to have previously launched cyber attacks.

North Korea has stolen $ 300 million in cryptocurrency

 North Korea has stolen $ 300 million in cryptocurrency North Korea has in recent months stolen more than $ 300 million in cryptocurrency through computer attacks to finance its banned nuclear and ballistic programs, according to a confidential UN report. © KCNA via REUTERS North Korea has stolen more than $ 300 million in cryptocurrency in recent months through computer attacks to finance its banned nuclear and ballistic programs, according to a confidential UN report.

Seven years of hacking

The scale of their crimes is "pharaminous" and illustrates "the growing alliance between officials working for States and highly sophisticated pirates", said Michael D'Ambrosio, a director of the Secret Service. The three agents are accused of having carried out these operations in order to obtain funds for their government, while avoiding the UN sanctions which have dried up the sources of income of the Pyongyang regime.

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For at least seven years, according to the American authorities, they created malicious cryptocurrency applications that opened "back doors" stolen, or illegitimate access) in targeted computers; have hacked into companies trading digital currencies like bitcoin; and have developed a blockchain platform to evade sanctions and secretly raise funds. The US Department of Justice does not specify the total sum on which the three men would have got their hands.

Stolen source code of Cyberpunk 2077 is said to have been sold at auction.

 Stolen source code of Cyberpunk 2077 is said to have been sold at auction. The source code of the game engine of Cyberpunk 2077 was apparently sold at an illegal auction. The criminal hackers had demanded several million for it. How much was actually paid in the end remains unclear. © CD Projekt Red Scene from Cyberpunk 2077. As part of an ransomware attack on the CD Projekt Red game studio, criminals are said to have got hold of the source code of the in-house game engine and several games. The source code has now been offered for sale in a hacker forum.

Millions of dollars stolen

But during an operation in 2018, they for example stole, according to the Justice Department, 6.1 million dollars from ATMs of BankIslami, in Pakistan , after have had access to the computer network. They would also have seized virtual currency exchanges in Slovenia and Indonesia and stole $ 11.8 million from a New York exchange market.

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US prosecutions are based on charges brought in 2018 against one of the three, Park Jin Hyok, for hacking Sony Pictures in 2014 and the 2016 theft of $ 81 million from the Bangladesh central bank. The piracy of Sony Pictures had been claimed by a group demanding from the film studio that it cancel the release of "The interview that kills!" , a comedy in which two journalists are approached by the CIA to kill Kim Jong Un . On Wednesday, US State Department spokesman Ned Price said Washington was reviewing its policy on Pyongyang.

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This review "will take into account all malicious activity and threats emanating from North Korea," he said. "More often than not, we talk about the nuclear program and ballistic missiles of the

North Korea , but of course its malicious cyber activities are something that we carefully assess as well," he added.

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